Growing up, it was the physiques of action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean Claude Van Damme that inspired me. Today, it’s superhero films that take the lead in motivating a new generation of fitness of enthusiasts.
The last show I binge-watched was Daredevil. I had previously never taken the comic book hero seriously, but Netflix kept featuring the show on their homepage and recommendations, so I finally decided to take a peak.
You know a show is good when you’re hooked within the first 5 minutes…
Before embarking on Daredevil, I was a huge fan of Arrow. The whole idea of a superhero being able to fight crime without powers really intrigued me (although I was never able to catch onto Batman, despite fans stating that Arrow is just another version of Batman).
So, here was another hero that I knew very little about who fought crime without super powers. On top of that…he’s blind! On top of that…he’s trained by a blind ninja! How could I NOT love this show!
Fitting Into the Suit
According to interviews, Charlie Cox who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil on the show, did a lot of preparation to get ready for his new role. This included spending a lot of time with a blind acting coach, and…packing on 15 pounds of muscle!
Previously, Cox had never even stepped into the gym, so this was all new for him. He apparently only had a month to prepare for the role (which may be a bit of an exaggeration), but he certainly looks the part on-screen.
Nutrition is where people always falter. The following were Charlie Cox’s staple foods:
- Sweet Potato
- Protein Shakes
Note the amount of carbohydrates consumed by Mr. Cox. This is extremely crucial when trying to put on a lot of mass in a short period of time. Most beginners will make the mistake of just hitting the protein shakes, but you need carbs to pack on that size.
Carbohydrates are protein sparing and cause the body to release vital insulin, transporting available nutrients to where they are needed (your muscles). So, for a relative beginner like Charlie Cox training hard and loading up on carbs was the perfect recipe to helping him fit into the suite of Daredevil.
Mr. Cox followed a typical bodybuilding routine, training each major body part once or twice per week. He would also do one full-body workout to keep him lean, which went as follows: “run for five minutes, then do chest and back exercises, then run for five minutes and so on.”
Charlie Cox also used the prowler but had to stop, “because it made me want to vomit.”
And according to his co-star, Elden Henson, who plays Matt Murdock’s best friend, Foggy Nelson, Cox worked out “like” 3 hours per day.
I believe very little in this superhero interview. What the actors actually do to get into shape is usually exaggerated, but what we do know is that Mr. Cox was supplied a personal trainer and had the motivation of a paycheck.
In other words, it was literally his JOB to be in the shape he was for Daredevil. But, for us normal folk with full-time jobs and mouths to feed, we can only dream about eating carbs all day and lifting “like” 3 hours per day.
Want to truly learn how to build size and strength to look like a superhero? Try Nick Nillsson’s Mad Scientist Muscle.
Mad Scientist Muscle is the latest training manual from Nick Nilsson. He had a lot of new and interesting training methods in this manual. The three main techniques he uses in the program are Time/Volume Training, Cluster Training, and Rest-Pause Training.
Lets take a look at some pros and cons of this program:
PRO: Uses a Variety of Different Training Methods
Some people just go into the gym and lift heavy. Others follow extremely high volume programs. But the bottom line is that most people stick to the same kind of program and never switch it up. Nick Nillson, on the other hand, beleives in drastic changes.
Each training technique is different then the one before, so you never give your body a chance to adapt. The program itself is hard as nails, however, you will get such great results in a short period of time, that it’s worth the pain.
Con: Not for Beginners
Pro: High Volume Training while Managing Fatigue and Intensity
When most people perform High Volume Training, they burn themselves out quickly. Nick Nilson’s training methods, specifically Time/Volume training, allow you to perform a high volume workout while managing fatigue.
Manage fatigue is important, because if your body is so tired that you’re unable to perform the movement correctly…you need to stop as it can lead to injury. But Nick Nilsson shows you how to modify the sets, reps, and rest periods in such a way that allows you to move more weight without getting tired quickly.
Con: Tough to Do it at Home
Because Nick Nilsson recommends a lot of weight changes during some of his training methods, such as Add Sets, some of the techniques are difficult to perform at home. It is more ideal to perform the entire workout at a gym.
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